IMD said in its daily bulletin issued on 31 December that cold wave conditions are likely to remain severe at different places in Delhi during the next two days.
New Delhi| On the first day of the new year, Delhi’s Safdarjung draped in a thick smog sheet, recorded a minimum temperature of 1.1 degrees Celsius at 6 am on Friday. Visibility decreased to near zero in many areas of the city due to dense fog. This is the lowest temperature in 14 years before it was recorded at 0.2 degree Celsius on 8 January 2006.
Kuldip Srivastava, regional head of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi, said the minimum temperature was recorded at 1.1 degree Celsius at Safdarjung Observatory in the capital on Friday morning.
Zero visibility was recorded at 6 am due to very dense fog causing problems in traffic movement. Presently, visibility in Palam and Safdarjung is less than 200 meters. The IMD had on Friday predicted a minimum temperature of four degrees Celsius and a maximum temperature of 19 degrees Celsius.
IMD said in its daily bulletin issued at 9 pm on 31 December that cold wave conditions are likely to remain severe at different places in Delhi during the next two days. With this, Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) on Friday morning ranged between ‘very poor’ to ‘severe’ category. AQI shows that the pollution level in ITO is 388.
A freshly active Western disturbance is likely to affect the Western Himalayan region and the surrounding plains from 3 January. There is also a possibility of light rain in Delhi and surrounding areas from January 3 to January 5 due to the effect of western disturbances.